Engagement Strategies

Kalamazoo’s Northside neighborhood to receive state support aimed at attracting new residents, investment

By Emily Monacelli | emonacel@mlive.com 
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on May 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

KALAMAZOO, MI (MLIVE) —Kalamazoo’s Northside Association for Community Development will receive three years of technical assistance aimed at attracting new residents and investment, state officials announced Wednesday.

NACD will receive “three years of intensive technical assistance, with a focus on revitalization strategies aimed at attracting new residents and private investment, capacity building and increasing activity in the adjacent business district” for being accepted in the MiNeighborhood program, a news release stated.

MiNeighborhood encourages community revitalization through enhancing the neighborhood’s design, events and marketing, organization and neighborhood reinvestment.

“As a result of implementing the MiNeighborhood program, Kalamazoo will have one more attractive neighborhood for current residents and be a more enticing place that encourages new residents and reinvestment,” Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Scott Woosley said in a news release.

MiNeighborhood ties in with Gov. Rick Snyder’s placemaking efforts across Michigan. Kalamazoo was one of eight Michigan cities that received a state placemaking grant. City officials hope to use the grant to develop a healthy living corridor south of downtown Kalamazoo.